Is technology making us less humans?

Editorial 1st of October Opinion
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Over the past few years, many scientists and psychologists have started questioning what are the technology effects on our humanity. We seem to be fascinated about social media, we all somehow rely on smart phones, ATMs, GPS and Google searches, as a replacement for using our most basic brain capacities to remember what are the ingredients of our favourite meal.

The question is how much are all these changes transforming us?

Most technologists expressed that we human are changing for the better. Our tech gadgets are here to help stay more connected to each other, give us task alerts, and find more and more information. Some tiny devices even help us to stay fit and healthy.

But a few researchers suggest that we are actually changing for the worse because they are worried about this digital transformation and the potential dehumanisation it might eventually happen. Though we might still need to wait for another 100 years or so.

On this token, the same modern technology that once drived Facebook, Twitter or other social networks to be the fastest growing advertising platforms for the past few years, it is now bastly used for daily advertising fake news, both from unkown or even well known sources or sites, that will be willing to publish anything to drive traffic but, of course, for a price. This approach is actually what political campaigns use to target specific voters with messages that will motivate them and make it shared, thus fast spreading like a lethal disease. While some type of targeting might not be considered fake news by itself, these other political campaigns often manipulate news to build their own narrative. Either way, this is already known to have happened during the 2016 presidential campaign, and it is now happening in Catalonia, Spain, where activist systematically deliver fake news to intentionally generate conflict and separation within the country.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1816, “Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.”
The problem is that the human mind itself can not keep pace with the advances that technology are enabling. More regulation over the right use of technology is problably the only way to cope with these new threats.

"I am particularly worried because I almost forgot that time friends used to call my number. Maybe we are just starting a new era where human will communicate digitally only, and our vocal cords will be used to provide new tones to guitars"


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